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Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich edged closer to the season-ending Masters Cup tournament on Saturday after advancing to the final of the Thailand Open in Bangkok, defeating Australian Ashley Fisher and American Tripp Phillips 6-1, 6-4.
The Israelis are currently ranked seventh in the world and need to stay in the top eight to qualify for the Masters Cup in China.
Ram and Erlich will be looking on Sunday for their ninth doubles title as a team and their fourth this year when they face the British duo of Andy and Jamie Murray in the final.
The Israelis began Saturday's semifinal well and strolled in the first set. The second set began badly for the duo, with Fisher and Phillips taking an early 2-0 lead. However, Ram and Erlich quickly broke back and won five of the next six games to take a 5-3 lead and eventually secured the second set and the match.
The Israelis, who reached the last four after defeating the Czech duo of Jiri Novak and Petr Pala 6-3, 7-6 in Friday's quarterfinal, have already equaled their performance from last year by reaching the final and will be hoping to emulate their 2003 tournament win on Sunday.
Obziler comes up short in China
After close to three hours of battling, Tzipi Obziler finally succumbed to Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain 5-7, 6-2, 4-6, in the semifinal of the $175,000 Guangzhou tournament in China on Saturday.
Despite losing the semis, the last week in China was one of the best in Obziler's career. The 33-year-old Israeli, who is ranked 130th in the world, was considering retirement at the end of this season, but after her recent success - which will see her rise to a career-high world ranking - she will surely have second thoughts on calling it a day.
Obziler reached the semifinal after upsetting Na Li (20) of China 6-3, 6-2 on Friday. The Israeli, whose win against Li was her first ever over a top 20 player, was in control throughout the match and reached her first-ever WTA tournament semifinal with ease.
Obziler saved two set points in the first set on Saturday, but Medina Garrigues (31) retained her composure to win the set. The Israeli improved her play in the second set, breaking the Spaniard twice.
Medina Garrigues broke Obziler in the sixth game of the third set and held on until the end.